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“The decor is urban cool, but the service is true, warm, East Coast hospitality”. The place is Halifax. An area once known mostly for its seafood is now making a reputation for that and alot more. There are new foods, and new ways of presenting not so new foods. As importantly, the area is distinguishing […]

At first glance, they are both admirable goals and non-exclusive of one another. But the Côte-des-Neiges Rd. business section in Montreal finds itself in debate. At the calling of some store owners and residents who have complained for years about a proliferation of signs they describe as either cheap, rundown or distasteful, Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce is proposing […]

Actress and comedian Anne Meara, whose comic work with husband Jerry Stiller helped launch a 60-year career in film and TV, has died. She was 85. Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday. No other details were provided. The Stiller family released a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday describing Jerry […]

Add another loss to the list. Yes, it has recently been owned by Toys R Us, and it some time ago moved from its classic spot on Fifth Avenue to more modern digs across the street, but the closing of F.A.O. Schwarz’s flagship store in New York is still hitting many hard. F. A. O. […]

In a season in which we already said good-bye to Jean Beliveau, we now face the prospect of bid adieu to the “House that Jean Built”. The Colisee in Quebec will host its last hockey match on May 31, the Championship game of the 2015 Memorial Cup Tournament. It is the rink where hockey legend […]

At first glance, they are both admirable goals and non-exclusive of one another. But the Côte-des-Neiges Rd. business section in Montreal finds itself in debate. At the calling of some store owners and residents who have complained for years about a proliferation of signs they describe as either cheap, rundown or distasteful, Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce is proposing […]

Yes, it has recently been owned by Toys R Us, and it some time ago moved from its classic spot on Fifth Avenue to more modern digs across the street, but the closing of F.A.O. Schwarz’s flagship store in New York is still hitting many hard. F. A. O. Schwarz remains one of New York’s […]

In a season in which we already said good-bye to Jean Beliveau, we now face the prospect of bid adieu to the “House that Jean Built”. The Colisee in Quebec will host its last hockey match on May 31, the Championship game of the 2015 Memorial Cup Tournament. It is the rink where hockey legend […]

Actress and comedian Anne Meara, whose comic work with husband Jerry Stiller helped launch a 60-year career in film and TV, has died. She was 85. Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday. No other details were provided. The Stiller family released a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday describing Jerry […]

Singer Peggy Lee was born on May 26, 1920 in Jamestown, ND. Born as Norma Douglas Egstrom she got her start at a North Dakota radio station, and got her chance to make it big through the Benny Goodman Orchestra. She was banner carrier for the American Popular Tune, but is probably best known for […]

Singer Peggy Lee was born on May 26, 1920 in Jamestown, ND. Born as Norma Douglas Egstrom she got her start at a North Dakota radio station, and got her chance to make it big through the Benny Goodman Orchestra. She was banner carrier for the American Popular Tune, but is probably best known for […]

The old Yankee Stadium and the Montreal Forum were called “Cathedrals” for their respective sports. But a former house of worship in South Bend, Indiana puts the whole relationship between religion and sport in a different context. The New York Times reports on the community’s oldest synagogue building that not too long ago underwent a […]

The old Yankee Stadium and the Montreal Forum were called “Cathedrals” for their respective sports. But a former house of worship in South Bend, Indiana puts the whole relationship between religion and sport in a different context. The New York Times reports on the community’s oldest synagogue building that not too long ago underwent a […]

The mighty pipe organ is the most recognizable aspect of the old Chicago Stadium. There were a couple of other items that stood out about the place – especially in reference to hockey being played there. The Stadium was the last NHL arena to retain the use of an analog dial-type large four-sided clock for […]

Looking back when Tampa Bay first entered the league. This article was first published on http://www.journeysinto.com.

Thanking those who made the ultimate scarifice for us. This article was first published on http://www.journeysinto.com.

It’s great weather this weekend. The type of weather to run, swim, BBQ and relax. It is also Memorial Day. In the midst of the fun, hoping you pause to recall what the weekend is all about. Thanks to those who served and sacrificed. This article was first published on http://www.journeysinto.com.

Thanking those who made the ultimate scarifice for us. This article was first published on http://www.journeysinto.com.

It’s great weather this weekend. The type of weather to run, swim, BBQ and relax. It is also Memorial Day. In the midst of the fun, hoping you pause to recall what the weekend is all about. Thanks to those who served and sacrificed. This article was first published on http://www.journeysinto.com.

Now the idea is almost common place. But it was not always that way. This weekend they are staging another edition of A Taste of Cincinnati. It is the longest running culinary arts festival in the United States, dating back to 1979. More than 40 fine restaurants are featured at the festival, and “Best of […]

There might be some dispute just when it started, but that there has been a change is indisputable. The change has been substantial and fundamental. Hockey today is something quite different from what many of us used to recognize and love. Yes, I know nothing is forever and change is an inevitable and unavoidable constant, […]

There might be some dispute just when it started, but that there has been a change is indisputable. The change has been substantial and fundamental. Hockey today is something quite different from what many of us used to recognize and love. Yes, I know nothing is forever and change is an inevitable and unavoidable constant, […]

The move of Mike Babcock to Toronto is getting big headlines, especially in Toronto – as would be expected. It got us to thinking about other high-profile coaching hirings from the past. Here are a few that come to mind: Fred Shero – Came to New York with much fanfare after leading the Philadelphia Flyers […]

It was on May 20, 1916 that Norman Rockwell’s first Saturday Evening Post cover was published. This article was first published on http://www.journeysinto.com.

Remember when the term “natural” started to become problematic ? “Natural foods” and “all natural foods” are widely used terms in food labeling and marketing with a variety of definitions, most of which are vague. The term is often assumed to imply foods that are minimally processed and all of whose ingredients are natural products […]

…But they could be mine. I was cleaning out (See honey, I’m doing it), and came across an old National Geographic Traveler article penned by Willard Scott in the early 1990’s. I loved that magazine back then. In fact, it was one of the inspirations for me to get started in this whole Hidden America […]

…But they could be mine. I was cleaning out (See honey, I’m doing it), and came across an old National Geographic Traveler article penned by Willard Scott in the early 1990’s. I loved that magazine back then. In fact, it was one of the inspirations for me to get started in this whole Hidden America […]

Came across this from someone who read our post. Loved the idea. Thanks – it would be a big hit at our house! This article was first published on http://www.journeysinto.com.

There are some strong sports ties between New York City and Tampa-St. Pete. The late George Steinbrenner set up executive offices in Tampa, where he lived, for his brain trust. There is now a Steinbrenner Field, spring training home of the New York Yankees. The current Stanley cup Semi-Final features a subplot out of a […]

The Stanley Cup Semi-Final is coming back to Chicago after two games in the Sun Belt. The Windy City crowd is likely to be a noisy and boisterous one – as is the case with all Chicago sports. It is a unique setting in the Hawks home rink, but, these days, a little less unique. […]

Seeking to put a local development focus on the next federal election, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities is conducting a Hometown Proud Campaign to get citizens talking about their respective cities, villages, townships and otherwise incorporated municipal entities. First prize in the contest at hometownproud.fcm.ca is a pair of tickets to, your hometown for you, […]

32 years later it remains a famous hockey quote. With the passage of time it has come to be seen as ironic as well. It was Wayne Gretzky, who as a player, disparaged the New Jersey Devils as a “Mickey Mouse Operation”. The remark was made following a 13-4 trouncing by the Gretzky-led Oilers (in […]

The study is no longer new (2013) but the principle is still an important that either guides or should.A survey at the time by the Tourism Marketing Council (TMC) showed that about 60 percent of U.S. travelers say they are likely to take a cultural/heritage trip – up from 51 percent in 2009.The survey confirms […]

The study is no longer new (2013) but the principle is still an important that either guides or should.A survey at the time by the Tourism Marketing Council (TMC) showed that about 60 percent of U.S. travelers say they are likely to take a cultural/heritage trip – up from 51 percent in 2009.The survey confirms […]

The Preakness Stakes was an exciting one as American Pharaoh won the horse race notwithstanding a muddy track in the midst of a thunderstorm, setting up a real possibility of a Triple Crown win. There was news off the track as well. The head of the Maryland Jockey Club revealed that the Preakness could leave […]

Many of Montreal’s downtown landmarks can boast of historical or architectural significance. But while thousands of people pass these buildings every day — or even work in them — few are aware of their role in the city’s development. Heritage Montreal is hoping to change that with At the Heart of the City, a series […]

The Preakness Stakes was an exciting one as American Pharaoh won the horse race notwithstanding a muddy track in the midst of a thunderstorm, setting up a real possibility of a Triple Crown win. There was news off the track as well. The head of the Maryland Jockey Club revealed that the Preakness could leave […]

Many of Montreal’s downtown landmarks can boast of historical or architectural significance. But while thousands of people pass these buildings every day — or even work in them — few are aware of their role in the city’s development. Heritage Montreal is hoping to change that with At the Heart of the City, a series […]

This is the weekend each May that Boyne City, Michigan fills with hundreds of mushroom lovers from around the country. They come seeking that elusive delicacy-the marvelous morel. Found in nearby woods and clearings, morels are favored by those who know their ‘shrooms. Boyne City has hosted the National Morel Mushroom Festival for 55 years.The […]

When Saranac Lake found itself in need of a place to shop, it decided to create one for itself. After the local Ames Department Store closed due to bankruptcy, residents were forced to travel 50 miles to Plattsburgh for many consumer goods. Soon thereafter, Saranac Lake was approached by Walmart, which offered to build a […]

I am on the other side of the Canada-U.S. border, so I am not quite sure what to make of Victoria Day. I know where it came from. I also know that it is not so popular in Quebec. But beyond being the unofficial start of Summer, just what is Victoria Day about in Canada […]

They are gathering in Baltimore for the second leg of racing’s triple crown at the Preakness Stakes. This year the talk is as much about what’s happening outside the track than on the turf. As the race is run, Baltimore tries to celebrate and move on in appropriate ways – mindful of what makes Baltimore […]

When David Letterman signs off later this month he will also be leaving a neighborhood that he helped sustain. Now the neighborhood is a very different one than the one that existed when Letterman moved into the Ed Sullivan Theater. The show brought a new buzz and vitality to the neighborhood, improving the business environment, […]

When David Letterman signs off later this month he will also be leaving a neighborhood that he helped sustain. Now the neighborhood is a very different one than the one that existed when Letterman moved into the Ed Sullivan Theater. The show brought a new buzz and vitality to the neighborhood, improving the business environment, […]

Singer-guitarist B.B. King, the “King of the Blues” who helped define his genre’s electrified postwar sound and became the music’s best-known international ambassador, has died. He was 89. His attorney said he died on May 14 in Las Vegas. He had announced on May 1 that he had entered hospice care after being in poor […]

Politicians from both sides of the border were there with furling flags behind them. So were the media to record the photo-op. The news was that the new cross-border bridge set to be built over the Detroit River by 2020 between Detoit and Windsor, Ontario will be named the Gordie Howe International Bridge. Howe, an […]

http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/tasteofcountry.com/files/2015/05/johnny-gimble-630×420.jpg This one hurts a bit more than most. Never met Johnny Gimble, but felt as if I had. His warmth and decency as a person is what first came across, even before the music. And, the music was good. Johnny Gimble, who died on May 9 at age 88, was a top Texas fiddler […]

This one hurts a bit more than most. Never met Johnny Gimble, but felt as if I had. His warmth and decency as a person is what first came across, even before the music. And, the music was good. Johnny Gimble, who died on May 9 at age 88, was a top Texas fiddler who […]

I take it much better now than I was the case in the past. Some years, it was especially difficult when the Canadiens season ended without a Cup win. Decades ago a Stanley Cup win was an integral part of a Spring. They won and often. Year after year. 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1973, […]

Why can’t folks just be happy with who they are and what they have ? Seems we always have to crown something or someone as “the best”. What does it have to be a winner take all ? There is so much to take in – quoting Fred Rodgers, “everyone (everything) is special in their […]

On May 14, 1897, John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” was performed in public for the first time. The performance occurred in Philadelphia on the occasion of the unveiling of a statue of George Washington. President William McKinley was there. This article was first published on http://www.journeysinto.com.

“Companies are highlighting …heritage to attract buyers who value ritual and tradition…….Authenticity is a fuzzy concept, but Julie Napoli, a marketingprofessor at Curtin University, and colleagues recently reported in the Journal of Business Research that consumers see three dimensions to brand authenticity: heritage, sincerity and committment to quality”. This article was first published on http://www.journeysinto.com.

“Companies are highlighting …heritage to attract buyers who value ritual and tradition…….Authenticity is a fuzzy concept, but Julie Napoli, a marketing professor at Curtin University, and colleagues recently reported in the Journal of Business Research that consumers see three dimensions to brand authenticity: heritage, sincerity and committment to quality”. This article was first published on […]

Dana Jennings does (so do I). She also recalls snowscreens, static, Tv top antennas, broadcast sign-offs and other imperfections of early television in this essay.Says the author, “This eccentric pining for the primitive electric hiss and sputter of my 1960’s childhood is an honest reaction to our modern culture’s unhealthy addiction to (apparent) perfection. We […]

Dana Jennings does (so do I). She also recalls snowscreens, static, Tv top antennas, broadcast sign-offs and other imperfections of early television in this essay.Says the author, “This eccentric pining for the primitive electric hiss and sputter of my 1960’s childhood is an honest reaction to our modern culture’s unhealthy addiction to (apparent) perfection. We […]

“Finnish Pancakes” are served at The Hoito Restaurant (often referred to as “The Hoito” by locals), a Finnish-Canadian restaurant in Thunder Bay since 1918. Despite their name, the pancakes appear to be an all-Canadian creation of bush camp cooks. But they are usually not served with Canada’s other contribution to breakfast, maple syrup. There are […]

Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra was born on this day (May 12) in 1925. An American legend. Formally, Yogi Berra is a retired Major League Baseball (MLB) catcher, manager, and coach. He played almost his entire 19-year baseball career (1946–65) for the New York Yankees. He is widely regarded as one of the best catchers in […]

Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra was born on this day (May 12) in 1925. An American legend. Formally, Yogi Berra is a retired Major League Baseball (MLB) catcher, manager, and coach. He played almost his entire 19-year baseball career (1946–65) for the New York Yankees. He is widely regarded as one of the best catchers in […]

It’s getting to be crunch time in the Stanley Cup playoffs. There appear to be anxious fans in Florida and Montreal as the Lightning and Canadiens head to a nerve-racking conclusion to their interesting series (The Rangers and Caps are headed to a Game Seven in their series as well, making for anxious fans in […]

Driving along the highway, one of those new electronic billboards distracted me with a message reading “Remember Your Mom on Mother’s Day”. I remembered mine, but I did not come close to Anna Jarvis. She built a shrine for her mother and today that Shrine in Grafton, West Virginia is called the International Mother’s Day […]

We read the other day of the passing of Thomas R. Shepard, Jr., the last publisher of Look Magazine. He died in Sarasota, Florida on April 29 at age 96. Once upon a time, pictorial news magazines were a big deal. Families waited in excitement to see what the weekly magazine in the mail would […]

It’s Spring. That means playoff hockey. It also means playoff hockey in less than optimal conditions. Afterall, back in the day the Stanley Cup was usually awarded by the 10th of May. Now the Cup is not seen at centre ice until mid-June. So it’s not surprising that heat sometimes van become a factor. This […]

It’s hard to beat the drama of playoff hockey. The skill level is heightened and so are emotions. So it is not surprising that the lows and the highs are more intense as well. This year’s playoffs has featured two game winning goals scored at the last second of a game – that had only […]

Carriage horses have been a source of controversy in the news in recent years – most predominately in New York where they were once a fixture in and around Central Park. They are now history, a casualty of changing tastes and concerns about animal welfare. Charlottetown, the carriage horses have been the news as well. […]

They shared a last name and an obituary page. At first glance they would seem to have little otherwise in common. Marcia Brown, who died on April 28, 2015 at age 96 was a writer and illustrator of more than 30 children’s books. She won three annual Caldecott Medals from the American Library Association, recognizing […]

It’s Game 3 of Chicago and Minnesota, and I’m at work at my keyboard with the game in the background. But, instead of Mike Emrick, as I had expected, I hear Kenny Albert with Doc Emrick’s usual partners – Ed Olczyk and Pierre McGuire on the NBCSN broadcast. I really like Kenny, but miss Doc. […]

We’ve been cleaning – both online and at home. We have launched new websites (We hope you find them entertaining and useful). We have also been cleaning out boxes of notes, legal pads of ideas and old newspaper clippings interest. Among the old newspaper clippings was a New York Times travel section from December, 2001 […]

We’ve been cleaning – both online and at home. We have launched new websites (We hope you find them entertaining and useful). We have also been cleaning out boxes of notes, legal pads of ideas and old newspaper clippings interest. Among the old newspaper clippings was a New York Times travel section from December, 2001 […]

To some Walmart has long represented a challenge to Main Streets and downtowns. Many have thought that Walmart has been one of those who have drawn shoppers away from the traditional core to sprawl outside. These days Walmart is being connected with and being congratulated for its role in a successful downtown story. That story […]

To some Walmart has long represented a challenge to Main Streets and downtowns. Many have thought that Walmart has been one of those who have drawn shoppers away from the traditional core to sprawl outside. These days Walmart is being connected with and being congratulated for its role in a successful downtown story. That story […]

Decades ago one beer that often turned up at our dinner table either at home or away in Canada was Carling Black Label. Dad is gone, so is Black Label from local shelves. But we read that it still exists. we are glad as it a beer with a long history. Although its original focus […]

It’s Game 3 of Chicago and Minnesota, and I’m at work at my keyboard with the game in the background. But, instead of Mike Emrick, as I had expected, I hear Kenny Albert with Doc Emrick’s usual partners – Ed Olczyk and Pierre McGuire on the NBCSN broadcast. I really like Kenny, but miss Doc. […]

Just what normal will be means different things to different folks because in Baltimore, like many places, there are actually many Baltimores within the greater Baltimore. What is clear is that almost no one wants to see a return to what happened last week – the death, the fires, the looting, the curfews. Mistrust and […]

Baltimore is trying to get back to normal. Just what normal will be means different things to different folks because in Baltimore, like many places, there are actually many Baltimores within the greater Baltimore. What is clear is that almost no one wants to see a return to what happened last week – the death, […]

This Spring something has seemed different, out of place, not right. For the longest time I could not get my fingers on it. Then, watching a New York Rangers playoff game from Madison Square Garden, it came to me – I had heard nothing about the circus. Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus was a […]

This Spring something has seemed different, out of place, not right. For the longest time I could not get my fingers on it. Then, watching a New York Rangers playoff game from Madison Square Garden, it came to me – I had heard nothing about the circus. Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus was a […]

This weekend they are holding a “Cotton Pickin’ Fair” in Gay, Georgia. It’s a twice a year event in this small community 53 miles south of Atlanta. It’s quite a popular event, drawing some 3,000 to town, and it is quite good, having been designated as a “Top 20 Event” by Southeast Tourism. But it […]

This weekend they are holding a “Cotton Pickin’ Fair” in Gay, Georgia. It’s a twice a year event in this small community 53 miles south of Atlanta. It’s quite a popular event, drawing some 3,000 to town, and it is quite good, having been designated as a “Top 20 Event” by Southeast Tourism. But it […]

Tens of thousands of people are gathering in Springfield, Ill., this weekend to watch a recreated hearse commemorate Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession, which took place 150 years ago. Many will visit the Lincoln Monument at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Ill., houses the tomb of the late president and was erected to preserve his legacy. […]

Tens of thousands of people are gathering in Springfield, Ill., this weekend to watch a recreated hearse commemorate Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession, which took place 150 years ago. Many will visit the Lincoln Monument at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Ill., houses the tomb of the late president and was erected to preserve his legacy. […]

I’m not much into horse racing, but I do take notice on Derby Day. There is so much to draw one into the Kentucky Derby. Those promoting the event always have well-developed story lines in place by race day. But for me the draw is time-enduring and more universal. It’s the Mint Julips, Derby Pie, […]

I’m not much into horse racing, but I do take notice on Derby Day. There is so much to draw one into the Kentucky Derby. Those promoting the event always have well-developed story lines in place by race day. But for me the draw is time-enduring and more universal. It’s the Mint Julips, Derby Pie, […]

Marty Napoleon, a jazz pianist who was often featured with bandleader and trumpeter Louis Armstrong’s All Stars ensemble, died April 27 near his home in Glen Cove, N.Y. He was 93. He is best known by many for having replaced Earl Hines in Louis Armstrong’s All Stars in 1952. In 1946 he worked with Gene […]

Another such place that takes pride in its traditions and sense of place is Pella, Iowa. Pella was founded in 1847 when eight hundred Dutch immigrants led by Dominee (Minister) Hendrik (Henry) P. Scholte settled the area. The name “Pella” is a reference to Pella in the Perea, where the Christians of Jerusalem had found […]

Finally, it feels like Spring. The snow and cold are a faint memory. The birds and buds have returned. And, there are numerous blossom and floral festivals to be enjoyed. One of the more unique such festival is taking place now in Michigan. It’s the Tulip Time Festival in Holland, Michigan. Holland was founded and […]

It’s a toad suck weekend in Arkansas – Toad Suck Daze to be exact. Toad Suck Daze is an annual community music, arts, and food festival in Conway, Arkansas. It takes place every year in downtown Conway and has been celebrated for over 30 years. First organized in 1982, the festival is held annually in […]

Marty Napoleon, a jazz pianist who was often featured with bandleader and trumpeter Louis Armstrong’s All Stars ensemble, died April 27 near his home in Glen Cove, N.Y. He was 93. He is best known by many for having replaced Earl Hines in Louis Armstrong’s All Stars in 1952. In 1946 he worked with Gene […]

Holland, Michigan is not the only place celebrating its Dutch roots. Another such place that takes pride in its traditions and sense of place is Pella, Iowa. Pella was founded in 1847 when eight hundred Dutch immigrants led by Dominee (Minister) Hendrik (Henry) P. Scholte settled the area. The name “Pella” is a reference to […]

Finally, it feels like Spring. The snow and cold are a faint memory. The birds and buds have returned. And, there are numerous blossom and floral festivals to be enjoyed. One of the more unique such festival is taking place now in Michigan. It’s the Tulip Time Festival in Holland, Michigan. Holland was founded and […]

It’s a toad suck weekend in Arkansas – Toad Suck Daze to be exact. Toad Suck Daze is an annual community music, arts, and food festival in Conway, Arkansas. It takes place every year in downtown Conway and has been celebrated for over 30 years. First organized in 1982, the festival is held annually in […]